A fantasy martial artist, specializing in unarmed combat. Often a playable character class.

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Is there anyway to see through Darkness without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast Darkness, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except to help escaping. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among a few other spells) and ...
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Can I throw my hands to spite my enemies?

Here's an odd question a player brought up to me about D&D 4e. I was curious on your thoughts. Barbarians can take the feat Hurl Weapon: You can use any one-handed off-hand weapon as a heavy ...
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Alternatives to Wisdom to AC

In an amusing (to me anyway) reversal of my previous question, I have a character who is taking a single level of monk for the purposes of bonus feats. This character has Wisdom 8 and wears (light) ...
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Balancing a monk variant with full base attack bonus

I'm gearing up for a 2-person campaign (my wife and myself, with myself as DM). The party will be two characters, with occasional hirelings/NPCs. One of the characters will be a DMPC (we've run one ...
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How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?

A nice broad question to set the scene I'm fairly new to roleplaying and I'm struggling with a valid reasons for both why and how a character would multiclass into another class independently - that ...
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Are 2nd Edition Monks this bad? [closed]

It seems monks have the following: Unarmed dmg is 25% lethal, 75% non lethal The dmg is pre-calculated depending on what you roll on the chart of punching or wrestling or martial arts chart, you ...
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What Influence Did Sean K. Reynolds Have on Pathfinder's Monk?

As one of the designers, Sean K. Reynolds has a lot of influence on many aspects of the Pathfinder Role-Playing Game. With that said, I would like to learn more about his influence on the Monk's ...
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Monk 4 + 1 level full BAB Options

So, my goal here is to have my character hit the Fist of the Forest Prestige class by 6 from a Monk start. This class requires a +4 BAB to start out. This means if I stick 100% monk I won't get that ...
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Can Monks gain the benefit of the Dual Wielder Feat with their Unarmed Strikes?

Simply put - can the Monk class use the Dual Wielder Feat with: A (monk) weapon and an unarmed strike? An unarmed strike "in each hand"? Admittedly this is a similar question to this post about ...
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How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?

One of the players in my campaign decided to play monk. We are all pretty new, so I couldn't have alerted him to this, but from what I understand now, monks are weak. Very weak. This player in ...
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Dragon Magazine's Martial Monk

I have been looking all over trying to find out whatever I can about the Martial Monk class and what is different about it from a normal Monk. The only thing I could find was that essentially you can ...
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Can a Monk use/trigger Defensive Duelist while wielding a monk weapon (or unarmed)?

Defensive Duelist requires wielding a finesse weapon, yet one of Monks' abilities is to treat Monk weapons (including staves and unarmed strikes) as "having finesse" (in all but name: it allows monks ...
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Can a Monk replace Elemental Attunement when learning new Elemental Disciplines?

When the Way of the Four Elements learns new Elemental Disciplines at 6/11/17, you're able to replace an elemental discipline you already know with a different one. Is it possible to retrain the ...
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How to decide which of my intended classes to start as when multiclassing in D&D 5e?

I'm putting together a Shadow Monk/Assassin Rogue character concept for a new game of D&D 5e but I have little experience with multi-classing. So, what should I consider when deciding which class ...
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Optimizing a D&D 3.5 Monk

I have complaints from someone in one of my groups that the 3.5 monk isn't good for anything offensive, only for defense and disarming (defenestration wasn't mentioned). My experience has only been ...
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Will trading the Monk Martial Arts feature for the Grappling Feat cause problems?

I want to play a Pacifist character. My plan is to go 1 level of Monk then max out Wizard-Enchanting. I never want to cause a creature harm, but I'm ok with my friends, or minions, causing havoc. I ...
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Can Monk with Warshaper increase the size category of unarmed strikes?

From what I've researched, unarmed strikes are natural weapons even if natural weapons aren't unarmed strikes. Can a monk use Morphic Weapons to increase the size category of unarmed strikes? Emphasis ...
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Help ensuring my monk will be useful in and out of combat

I have my first tabletop RPG game starting soon using pathfinder and I've decided to be a monk. Specifically a Suli Monk of the Four Winds with the alternate racial trait Energy Strike that buffs one ...
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Is Drunken Master really as bad as everyone says?

So, when I see someone faulting the Drunken Master, it's typically because of what the character gets at level 1. Drink Like a Demon (Ex): A drunken master's body handles alcohol differently from ...
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Where can I find a list of Monk Prestige Classes?

I have been looking all over for a comprehensive list of prestige classes either specifically meant for the monks or ones that synergize extremely well with them. Does such a list exist or do I ...
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+1 AC or +20 HP--which is better for a nimble, frontline character?

I've planned a 1 Monk, 19 Draconic Sorcerer, and I have the option of setting Con to 14 and Wis to 12 (providing +1 HP at each level up), or Wis to 14 (+1 AC, given Monk Unarmored Defense) and Con to ...
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Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?

Many people believe that the monk has balance issues (and is underpowered) in 3.5e and Pathfinder. The goal of this question is not to debate that point but to see what changes the Monk has undergone ...
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What are the effects of aging?

New to D&D. I did not find any official ruling concerning the effects of aging in the PHB. I know that in some systems aging can have adverse and/or beneficial effects on stats. I ask because I am ...
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Does using “versatile” weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as “Monk Weapons”?

When using either the quarterstaff or spear as a "Monk weapon", do you still gain the unarmed bonus action from Martial Arts if using 2 hands(1d8)? On pg.78 of the PHB under Martial Arts it states ...
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Which ability do monks use to determine their spell save DC

Most every class that can cast a spell has a Spell Save DC, which is typically DC = 8 + proficiency + [ability modifier] However, if a monk follows the Way of the Four Elements, they gain access to ...
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Risks and benefits from letting a monk use higher stats than the party

One of my players would like to eventually play a monk in a low-level campaign I'm planning. I wouldn't want to say no, as the monks are definitely high in flavour. But I'm aware of the huge ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strike be considered as a touch attack?

I believe that the title is really explanatory for the question. But let me expand this a little. Can a monk deliver effects that require touch attacks with an unarmed strike? For example, would a ...
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Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?

As a somewhat follow up to this question re. unarmed strike, I'm wondering: Does Pathfinder significantly fix the monk class (this, and other potential well known class issues)? Specifically *: ...
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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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Does the Blistering Flourish bonus apply to both hits and effects?

The reason why this question came up was due to the Blistering Flourish power of the Desert Wind monk. It gives the following bonus: Until the end of your next turn, your melee attacks deal extra ...
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How is cold damage with Flurry of Blows and a Cold Implement handled?

I am curious how cold damage is applied to Flurry of Blows. If you're wielding a cold damage implement, make an attack that deals cold damage, then trigger Flurry of Blows, does FoB also deal cold ...
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Why can you move with Cat & Mouse before Flurry of Blows, off the same triggering event?

The Cat & Mouse power lets me shift some squares and have total concealment. The trigger says: "You hit an enemy with a melee attack." The trigger of FoB says: "You hit with an attack during ...
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Defensive Aid replacing Evasion. Optional?

The Nimble Guardian Racial Archetype (monk) for catfolk in Pathfinder replaces evasion with defensive aid at lvl2. Is this optional? DM's discretion? I kinda like evasion better.
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How do I calculate the attack bonus(es) for Flurry of Blows?

Being fairly new I'm a little lost on the math for this. I read that there is a -2 on attack rolls in the description of "Flurry of Blows". Then in the chart I see FoB has its own attack bonus (+1/+1 ...
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D&D4e Ghostwalker: concealment when adjacent and hitting

The monk paragon path "Ghostwalker" adds this bonus to the player: Of Two Worlds (11th level): You have concealment against any enemy granting combat advantage to you. In addition, when any enemy ...
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Making monks better but not broken

I am about to run a campaign where 2 of the 3 PCs are monk-based classes. They will be starting at level 10 and I expect the campaign to run till 15 or 16. One is a Monk 2/ Sorcerer 4/ Enlightened ...
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D&D 4e monk Spider Technique

The monk's Spider Technique says: You climb your speed. During this movement, you can move across overhanging surfaces, such as ceilings, but you fall if you end your turn on such a surface. Is this ...
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Do you provoke opportunity attacks when flying?

Moving away from a square which is within threatening reach of an enemy, provokes OA if one does not shift, is pushed/pulled/slid or teleports. Further, so far I know, squares are 3d, as indicated ...
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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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When does combat advantage end with push effects and deadly draw?

I built a Centered Breath monk with Deadly Draw and I as well have the "Gauntlets of the Ram" which allow me to "Add 1 to the distance of any push effect you create." Let's assume an enemy is ...
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Persistent tail combined with concealment from Ghostwalker

I am not sure if I understand the level 10 Utility Power Persistent Tail correctly. Let's say I have a level 11 CB-Monk Ghostwalker. When I hit a target and slide it adjacent I get CA. I then have ...
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When is the flurry power triggered?

As I have read, it is possible to use the flurry power as soon as I hit. So when using Crane's Wings, I can use the flurry before pushing the enemy. But what when I attack multiple targets? When can ...
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Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting?

Let's assume my monk has the Two-Weapon Fighting feat. 1.) When I use two daggers, one with Ki-Weapon and another magic dagger, do the magic features of the Ki-Weapon and the magic dagger stack? It ...
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When does a flurry of blows occur when attacking multiple enemies at once?

I have a question concerning the monk class in the PHB3: On this page I have read the following conerning five storms: http://community.wizards.com/content/forum-topic/2416336 Be aware that when ...
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3.5 Monk Ki Strike and Damage Resistance

Does a Level 4 Monk deal full damage against a creature with DR 5/Slashing? From the D20 SRD regarding Damage Reduction: "The creature takes normal damage from energy attacks (even nonmagical ones), ...
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How many stun attacks can a monk do in one round?

A level 15 monk has 4 attacks when using bare-hands. Is it possible to do 4 stun attacks in one round, or is only 1 stun attack possible and 3 normal attacks?
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Increasing reach of unarmed strikes

Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk unarmed strikes except by increasing in size?
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Where can I find a Monk miniature? [duplicate]

I need a good monk mini, no weapons, ideally female elf. Where can I find one? Material (lead vs plastic) and painted vs. unpainted is useful to know but are all doable.
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Flurry of Blows Damage Calculation

Flurry of Blows You can make unarmed strikes with supernatural speed, using your fists, kicks, and head-­butts.** You can use your attack action to make two unarmed attacks*. If you ...
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Can a Monk use a Holy Symbol as their Ki Focus

Can a Monk who has multi-classed with Cleric, via Initiate of the Faith, use a Holy Symbol as their Ki Focus? ... see the semi-related question at rpg My thinking here is: whilst maybe they can use a ...